When you visit Beaufort, SC – the South’s most charming city – you shouldn’t accept anything less than equal fame for your accommodations. And you shouldn’t have to settle for less just because you’re bringing the entire family.
Yes, you can come to The Beaufort Inn on a couples getaway, but when the kids are in tow…this delightful option requires no sacrifices in luxury, space, location or perks! Here are five reasons we adore The Beaufort Inn for families, and why we think you should stay here on your South Carolina weekend getaway. And don’t forget to take a look at our video below.
Spacious Luxury in 808 Bay
Options at The Beaufort Inn include rooms, suites, cottages and extended stay units…while any number of these could work for a family, we are partial to the accommodation dubbed 808 Bay.
808 Bay sits between Bay Street (the main thoroughfare of the landmark historic district in Beaufort) and Henry C. Chamber Waterfront Park, with an entrance from both locations – one onto the screen patio that sits between the main formal entrance and the kitchen, and a second that is up the stairs from your private parking area, through the raised back porch, and allows for entrance to the Master Suite.
Inside you’ll find a spacious kitchen with all the things you need for meal prep or snack storage. Off the kitchen is a dining room for six, and that opens to a spacious living area with plenty of seating and a flat screen cable TV.
There is beautiful light coming into this community space via the windows open to the patio (with more seating) and floor-to-ceiling double doors with large windows that open to a narrow balcony overlooking Bay Street.
Right off the living room is a small room with a closet and fold-out twin sofa bed. It would work well for a kiddo if you need the extra space, or could double as a reading nook and luggage area.
Down the long hallway you’ll find a full bathroom, two large bedrooms with queen beds, a laundry room, and the Master Suite.
The Master includes plenty of storage options, seating, a King bed, an enormous walk-in closet, and a full bath with walk-in shower.
In addition to being spacious, the apartment is beautifully decorated with large art work, shades of white and pale grey, and deep old-fashioned wood floors. We immediately felt at home!
This apartment is not part of the Inn’s main set of buildings on Port Republic Street. It’s one street over, and here is why that is ideal…
Location Between Bay St and Waterfront Park
As I mention above, the upper-level apartment sits between the main street and the waterfront park. You are in the heart of Beaufort, and every shop, restaurant, and cultural attraction is at your fingertips.
Every night of our stay, we made our way down the back stairs to the park for live music, watching the sunset on the water, playing on the playground, and enjoying a treat from Yoyo’s Ice Cream. For adventures like kayaking, river boating, the carriage ride, and more, you merely hop to the park and follow the walkway to the marina.
Our favorite restaurants included Hearth Wood Fired Pizza and Saltus, which were within less than 50 steps of our front doors.
You’re only one block from the building which houses the Inn’s front desk – so you can easily take advantage of the perks we mention later like bikes and s’mores. And right below you? Kilwin’s Candy Shop!
There is not another overnight option on this bustling part of Bay Street, and no other private rooftop porches on Bay St, either. Perfect for soaking up the salt air, people watching, and listening to live music. It truly is a gem!
Unique Breakfast Options
We love that our accommodations came with breakfast – and love even more the way it works! Sure, you could serve breakfast from here; maybe omelettes and bacon in the behemoth kitchen pictured above…but it is much more fun to use the vouchers offered.
Beaufort Inn offers each person, for each night of their stay, a breakfast voucher for $8-10 toward your selections at either Common Ground, Rain-n-Bagels, or Blackstone Cafe.
We grabbed coffee at Common Ground during the first afternoon and it was super. Another morning we enjoyed a nice sit-down spread at Blackstone. I loved the omelette there…the boys also liked their mouse-shaped chocolate chip pancakes with bacon!
I think my favorite breakfast was at the bagel joint! The original owner was from New York, and the cook I spoke with was also from there. I loved the Everything bagel with egg, cheese and Taylor Ham. This is a uniquely NY offering and it was delicious!
Easy Ways to Get You Exploring Mother Nature
Guests of The Beaufort Inn are offered a complementary Hunting Island State Park Beach Pass for access to the State Park. We enjoyed this park: climbing the lighthouse, walking on the driftwood beach, and playing in the ocean.
Guests are also able to enjoy free bikes to explore The Point, the Spanish Moss Trail, and surrounding areas. You’ll ask one of the friendly staff for a bike and they will set you up with a helmet (optional,) have you sign a waiver, and give you the key to the lock. After that, you’re off — exploring Downtown Beaufort with ease.
One note – there are not kiddo bikes available. Bring your own…which is not nearly as difficult as lugging the adult bikes from home.
Finally, there is no pool here, but if you need a break from the beach then you’re in luck. The Inn has a partnership with the nearby Celadon community, which does boast a pool. It’s only available for use seasonally, Mon – Fri, and it costs $10 pp paid directly to the pool…but we appreciate this option.
Fun for Family and Fido
In addition to what I mention above, you’ll find all the amenities you expect to find in a fabulous hotel: free wifi, a hair dryer, ironing board, even room service for the apartment. I say “room service” because most people think of AirBnB when you describe “apartment” -like overnights. AirBnB doesn’t come with help to pick up your junk, make the beds, and lay out fresh towels….this is like the best of both worlds (Oh, and hey! Leave them a tip!)
But there is more – so much s’more! (See what I did there?) In the evenings you can head over to the main pink building. In the courtyard out back they offer s’mores packets and sticks for roasting your own marshmallow gooeyness. Leave the credit card back in your room – these are complementary. Enjoy a drink in one of the rocking chairs, and let the kids do their thing.
We love that the waterfront park is out back and easily accessible from 808 Bay. It’s so much fun for kids, with the playground nearby.
Finally, let’s talk Fido. He’s part of the family, right? There are a few dog-friendly rooms available. A $250 refundable deposit is taken at time of arrival, and there is a Pet Fee for 1 or 2 pups, which must be under 40 lbs. And yes, they are welcome at the waterfront park, too…and on many of the restaurant patios around town.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Beaufort and The Beaufort Inn for hosting me and my family. Opinions here are our own, as always!
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.